Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang
Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang is a Buddhist temple in paro, With its golden umbrella-shaped peak gleaming against a backdrop of brown hills, this is one of the region’s most unusual lhakhangs. The temple is notable as it is in the form of a chorten, very rare in Bhutan. It is located on the edge of a hill between the Paro valley and the Dopchari valley, across the bridge from Paro. The Buddhist iconography depicted in the Chorten is considered a unique repository of the Drukpa Kagyu school.
According to a local legend, the Lhakhang was built by the saint Thangtong Gyalpo to subdue a “serpentine force” that was located at the foundation of the chorten. Another legend says that Lhakhang was built on the head of a demoness. According to a Bhutanese source it was built “on the nose of a hill that look like a frog in order to counteract Sadag (earth-owning spirit) and Lunyen (powerful naga spirit). It is said that the hill, by which the temple is built, is a black vicious snake moving downwards.” The Lhakhang is located across the Paro Chhu River on the opposite bank of the Paro town where it forms a “geomantic promontory” between the Paro Chhu and Do rivers. It is situated on the road to National Museum of Bhutan in Paro.
The Lhakhang is conceived as a mandala, with different store’s (three floors) corresponding to the different levels of initiation. The three floors are said to represent hell, earth and heaven. It is in the shape of a chorten with a white tower on top, very unusual in Bhutan. Lhakang contains a massive collection of Buddhist paintings and iconography.
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Best Time to visit Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang
Travelers who wish to visit this temple can visit any time . Its advice to visit the temple in day time